Sunday, February 21, 2016

Satyricon Concert - Nemesis Divina

I have been a huge Satyricon fan for the last 10-12 years or so! In this time I've been to pretty much every concert they have played in the greater Oslo area, and every freaking time it is a blast! Last night was no exception.

Satyricon commemorated that it was 20 years since they debuted on a concert scene, and that scene was Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, the exact same stage as this night. They sold out their first night playing here, and they sold out this night as well. This night they promised to play the album Nemesis Divina in its entirety.Nemesis Divina is Satyricon's third album, and includes the legendary song ' Mother North'. See 'Mother North' filmed at the concert below.

You could almost touch the atmosphere at the venue. Strangers were eager to speak to each other about the band and what they expected of the concert. The shouts, claps, screams and yells when they finally came on stage was deafening.

The sound this night was great. Satyr played guitar every few song, you had Frost on drums, Neddo (Anders Odden) on bass, and Azarak (Steinar Gundersen) on guitar. There was a keyboard player as well, but I don't know his name.

Satyricon played songs from their first, up until their last album. The nights setlist included (might have mist some):
The Rite Of Our Cross
Now, Diabolical
Black Crow On A Tombstone
The Pentagram Burns
To The Mountains
Dawn Of A New Era
Du Som Hater Gud
Immortality Passion
Nemesis Divina
Mother North
Fuel For Hatred

It was truly a night for the fans, but you could tell that the band enjoyed it as well. After 'Mother North' Satyr got a bit emotional, and expressed how thankful he was for his fans. I say: Well deserved!

PS. The Good The Bad and The Zugly warmed up. It was a lot of fun! Punk at its best!

No more excuses! Push push push!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Lazy Sunday - Family Trip to Nesparken

Today we had awesome weather down here in Moss. The sun was shining, it was just below freezing, and the kids were crazy. The perfect recipe for a trip outside!

We joined up with the Judsons and took the trip over to Nesparken.

Lazy Sundays like these are the best!

No more excuses! Push push push!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hectic Work Week + Fastelavn

This last week has been quite hectic, so it's been difficult for me to update the blog. On Monday morning I traveled to Denmark for a customer show that Sony has each year. There we show all of the new products for the upcoming year, and it was quite nice. We have a few new audio products that rock and a whole new TV line-up that will kick ass! Can't show any pictures...

Since I'm sales manager for Norway I got to spend time with several different customers from Monday until Wednesday. The days were long, but still productive, and I can live with long days as long as they are productive!

In the mornings I managed to find some time to work out as well. We have recently changed hotel to Scandic Copenhagen, and it's fairly close to a, where I can have a proper workout.

I was fortunate enough to test a new pair of Sony MDR-AS800BT at the gym as well. They are in-ear Bluetooth headphones made for sweaty ears. The sound is great, and they fit perfectly at the gym. You should definitely try them out!

I did not feel all that well on Thursday and Friday, so those days went by a bit slow. However, on Saturday and Sunday I got to spend some real time with the family again. This Sunday is what we call Fastelavn, which marks the start of the fast period before Easter. We celebrate this with sweet buns filled with whipped cream and jam. The hard-core people also add a slice or two of marzipan as well. Yum.

It's good it's not diet time yet!

The rest of the day was just spent relaxing with the family and playing Rocket League! So much fun!

No more excuses! Push push push!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Krav Maga Seminar - Grading - Brown Belt 3rd Stripe

I've been practicing Krav Maga for quite a few years now, and for those of you who don't know what it is, it is a non compromise self defense system. Everything is allowed, and by everything, they really mean EVERYTHING! This includes biting, ball busting, aiming for eyes and throat etc. plus tons of brutality. The system is meant to be the most effective self defense you can learn, and is highly recommended for girls to learn.

I've written a couple of posts before about Krav Maga, which you can read here and here.

The seminar started with all of us practicing a few basic techniques, with focus on movement. Not my strongest skill, so definitely beneficial. After a while we divided into groups were we practiced knife defense, ground techniques, kicks and punches. We spent half an hour on each post, and I was so exhausted when we were done!

Everybody that was up for grading had a piece of duct tape with a number on their arms. This way each trainer could see if we did our best, and were skilled enough during the seminar. Even though there is an official grading at the end of the seminar, each person was evaluated continually during the seminar with points. This way you can get a fair evaluation of you skills based on a whole day, not just half an hour at the end of the day.

The last half an hour with grading came, and I managed to pull through. Oh boy was I tired, but I managed! And I was so freakin' happy!

Brown belt 3rd stripe! Next level is the black belt! Here I come!

No more excuses! Push push push!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Include Legs In Your Workout Routine!

One of the most hilarious things I see, are "bodybuilders" with skinny legs. People who have skipped leg days their whole life. One thing is that it looks ridiculous, another is that they are cheating themselves for a ton of gains and health benefits.

Your legs contain the largest muscles in your body, and they are also the ones with the most potential. The biggest bodybuilders have a larger circumference around one thigh than I have around my waist! Sick!

Nils Fredrik squats in a regular stance with a high bar

Nils Fredrik has good technique. The picture doesn't give him full justice, since he usually goes below parallel.
Squats are one of the core exercises that any one that works out should include in their weekly routine. Doing squats also strengthens your back and core. You become a stronger and healthier person by doing squats (correctly) than only sticking to leg presses and other leg machines at the gym. For a proper instruction on how to do squats, you should go to, and check out the squat tutorial by Dr. Layne Norton!

Psyching myself up for squats! 

I squat with the bar positioned lower on the back. 

Squats with the bar low makes you go a bit forward, and makes it tougher to reach parallel. However, I feel much more comfortable with that bar position. 

There are several ways to differentiate how you squat. You can position your feet wide or narrow, have the bar high or low, and you can even position the bar in front. I prefer a regular stance which is fairly narrow and the bar positioned low. I still try to reach proper depth at the bottom of the exercise, but it can be tough.

My recommendation of the week is to include legs in your weekly workout routine, and preferably squats!

No more excuses! Push push push!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Ice Skating with the Kids

The other the whole family went out to the local ice skating place. It's a school soccer field that they spray with water during the winter. Matheo and Milla got ice skates last year, so it was finally time to learn it properly.

I have never been god at ice skating myself, and now I don't have skates, so Liv-Kristin was the one that dared out on the ice.

It's remarkable to see how fast kids learn. When we came, they could barely stand up, and they fell all the time. By the time we left they could manage on their own.

We learned a cool little trick, and that was to bring a foldable IKEA chair out onto the ice to stand behind. That way the kids could learn how to push away on the skates and skate properly, before they learn the balancing. You can also use a soda box (bruskasse).

Timmy just walked around, being cold. Tried to eat a bolle with gloves, but with little success. Timmy and I ended up sledding down a little hill, which you can see in the video below.

Have you every seen a more nonchalant kid sledding? Me neither. :-P

No more excuses! Push push push!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Home With the Kids... ALONE

When our family moved to Moss, we had to make a decision: Liv-Kristin or I would have to switch jobs. The commute would make it impossible for the both of us to continue to work in the Oslo area. After some luck, and a lot of skill, Liv-Kristin managed to get a job in Moss with better benefits than she had with her previous employer. Pretty sweet!

My job is quite demanding when it comes to the amount of work that needs to be done, so the hours are often quite long. Add 2,5 hours of driving each day and travelling abroad at least once a week, and you know who does the most at home.

Well, this week things turned around a bit. Liv-Kristin had to go away a couple of days for a seminar at work. Fortunately January is a bit calmer than most other months at my workplace, so there wasn't any real issues for me to take two days of home office. The commute alone makes it tough to both deliver and pick up at school and kindergarten for me, so home office was the only viable choice.

It's only when I have to do all of the same work at home, as Liv-Kristin does every day, I fully understand how much there is to do.

Wake up, put clothes on all the kids, feed all the kids, make lunch bags, drive them to school and kindergarten, try to do some of your own work, lunch, work again, pick up the kids, clean some clothes, make dinner, drive to Tae Kwondo, pick up at Tae Kwondo, put on pajamas, do the dishes, clean some more clothes, tidy the house (didn't actually do this one) and so forth.

I managed fine, and I love spending time with the kids, but I have to admit: there is so much stuff to do at the house.

I only have one thing to say Liv-Kristin: RESPECT!

No more excuses! Push push push!